Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Lively Ones - Bugalu Party

Saw this in Domino Sound, which rarely carries anything surfy save for a Link Wray album or two. I looked at the tracklisting and thought "could it be THAT Lively Ones? Surf Rider Lively Ones?" all signs point to yes, the classic surf instro band switched gears for their last LP and played vocal soul/BUGALU covers (though at 1967, the surf craze is mostly over and that scene is just getting started, so good on 'em!)

And it ain't half bad! Oddly enough, the highlight here are the vocals, which at times remind me (very vaguely) of The Monks. Unfortunately, I realized during the ripping process that if you speed it up just a little bit, it goes from good soul album to great. However, the little orange-lit dots on the turntable confirmed that what you're hearing is more or less the correct speed.

Highlights here are some of the originals: "She Moved Me" and the sole instrumental "We Got A Thing That's In The Groove", but both sides are pretty great and it's consistent throughout.


Side 1

  1. Bugalu Movement (Baglione)
  2. Working in the Coal Mine (Tussiant) (their spelling, not mine)
  3. Knock On Wood (Cropper-Floyd)
  4. She Moved Me (Baglione)
  5. In The Midnight Hour (Cropper-Pickett)
  6. We Got A Thing That's In The Groove (Storball)

Side 2

  1. You Are My Sunshine (Davis-Mitchell)
  2. 634-5789 (Cropper - Floyd)
  3. Take It While YOu Can
  4. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Brown)
  5. Hold On, I'm Coming (Proter - Hayes)

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